Having an operation of any kind puts a strain on your body by causing it to dip into your nutritional stores of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in order to repair tissue. So eating a healthy, balanced diet before your operation is really important. Going into surgery with inadequate protein and energy reserves can mean longer recovery times, slower healing, and an increased risk of infection. So you might want to consider using Ensure® in your pre-surgery nutrition to build up those essential reserves.
What consists of good nutrition before surgery? A lot depends on your age, procedure, and general health. If you’re concerned you might not be able to eat well before treatment or surgery, talk to your doctor or dietitian. They can help you determine your body’s energy needs, and tell you which foods to eat before your surgery and which to avoid. They will also give you specific instructions on preparing for the type of surgery you will be having.